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Contemporary Eclecticism: Sven-Harry's Museum and the Staging of Swedish Heritage
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture, History and Theory of Architecture.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9640-6499
2013 (English)In: Rethinking the Social in Architecture: The Reader / [ed] Staffan Lundgren, Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2013, p. 22-25Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The project is a case study of the recently opened Sven-Harry’s museum in Stockholm, whose premises are conceived as a furnished replica of a Swedish manor house from the 18thcentury. The museum, with all its historical references, is integrated into a recently erected building of clearly modern design, a fact that challenges a contemporary understanding of architecture. The objective of the study is to reach an understanding of the museum in relation to a national Swedish heritage, an image that has been constructed during the last hundred years and which contains elements of historiography, restoration and museology.

If we look at the staging of Sven-Harry’s museum in a wider context, it is obviously part of a tradition that started around the turn of the century 1900, when Swedish architecture and interior design from the 1700s began to gain popularity. In the following decades many fragmented buildings were restored, and through this, architects, academic scholars, museum curators and preservationists contributed to the elaborate formation of a national heritage. This image has been kept alive and vital through decades, and it has clearly inspired the new museum at Vasaparken. Although reconstructed heritage has an indeterminate status, being neither old nor contemporary, this study may initiate a discussion on how models of the past, with their inherent set of values regarding canon, class, nationality etcetera, continuously play a role in architecture.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2013. p. 22-25
Keywords [en]
Swedish architectural heritage, architectural reconstruction, Sven-Harry's Museum
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Architecture
Research subject
Architecture
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-240123OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-240123DiVA, id: diva2:1270077
Conference
Rethinking the Social in Architecture. Umeå School of Architecture, February 6–8, 2013
Projects
Architecture in Effect: Rethinking the Social in Architecture
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas
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QC 20181217

Available from: 2018-12-12 Created: 2018-12-12 Last updated: 2018-12-17Bibliographically approved

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